A new critical study of pulp fiction is out. PULP FICTION OF THE 20s and 30s, edited by Gary Hoppenstand, was just released by Salem Press and is part of their Critical Insight series.
The book's page on Salem Press says this is an "Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to the theme and the critical discussions surrounding it.
Explores the "weird" and diverse fiction of popular pulp writers such as H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, A. Merritt, as well as pulp magazines such as Weird Tales.
From their origin at the end of the nineteenth century to their decline in the 1950s, "pulp" magazines entertained the masses with lurid stories in such genres as adventure, Western, romance, crime, fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Notable publications, such as Weird Tales, also served as apprenticeships for many new writers, including H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Clark Ashton Smith."
This is a collection of literary essays, and it sounds like it's heavy on the WEIRD TALES horror, strange and fantasy stories, rather than detective or any of the other genres. But I could be wrong. It's rather a broad topic, but I can see that new students to the topic could benefit from overviews of this type. As long as it's not the only book they read on pulp fiction. If it was up to me, Ed Hulse's book THE BLOOD 'N' THUNDER GUIDE TO PULP FICTION should be on any popular culture reading list too.
Our own Garyn Roberts (I call him "our own" because he is a regular at Pulp Fest and was winner of the Munsey Award this year) is a contributor to this collection. I'd buy it just to read Garyn's essay.
While I'd be interested in getting this, if anything to see how various literary critics position themselves on the topic of pulp culture, the price kind of took my breath away: $85.00. Even the e-book price is $85.00. You almost have to take a student loan out to buy it....oops, most students DO have to take out loans to buy their books.
Pulp Gallery: DOC SAVAGE 19, 20 & 21 (1934)
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